Tag Archive 'ritual_roasters'

Does the growth in high-quality independent cafés mean the mom-and-pops are making a comeback?

Posted by TheShot on 28 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

Has it really been a couple weeks since our last third wave rant? A few years after we thought this topic was dead and buried, lately newbie third wave coffee articles have been cropping up in local newspapers like teenage vampire profiteers. London, Oakland, and now Vancouver: Indie cafés perfectly poised to quench coffee aficionados’ […]

Random Choices 2: The Coffee Roasters

Posted by TheShot on 19 Dec 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

MSN City Guides recently joined the ever-popular year-end parade of Internet-friendly Top 10 lists: America’s Best Coffee – 1 – MSN City Guides. As if to show Bon Appétit that they, too, can list their favorites without the bother of any supporting criteria, MSN’s editors also took an early holiday and let two additional nominees […]

East Bay Express: Surfing Coffee’s “Third Wave”

Posted by TheShot on 16 Dec 2009 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Today’s East Bay Express published a good, and long-overdue, cover story on some of the quality coffee changes going on in our fair East Bay: Surfing Coffee’s “Third Wave” | Feature | East Bay Express. Its use of the Third Wave crutch is unfortunate, but also par for the course these days. Meanwhile, we will […]

Espresso in San Luis Obispo County

Posted by TheShot on 27 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

San Luis Obispo County is not known for a whole lot, even among Californians. There’s Hearst Castle, Cal Poly in SLO proper, and the burgeoning Paso Robles wine growing region — or what the locals simply call “Paso”. But as is happening in many lesser-known regions around the country, SLO County’s appreciation for better food […]

Rituals Coffee to set up shop in Jamaica – JamaicaObserver.com

Posted by TheShot on 20 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

With all this talk of West Coast roasters creeping their operations out East, a news story from today’s Jamaica Observer was a bit of a head-turner. The article seemed to imply that Ritual Coffee Roasters is setting up shop in Jamaica — and we don’t mean Jamaica in Queens, NYC: Rituals Coffee to set up […]

Trip Report: Uva Enoteca

Posted by TheShot on 09 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

This small-bite Italian eatery and wine bar on Lower Haight arrived on the scene in the Spring of ’08, taking over what was frequently a campaign office for local politicians. They have limited seating in front and plenty more in back, with both dining areas separated by a large, accommodating bar with stool seating. Despite […]

Trip Report: Horatius

Posted by TheShot on 30 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

Opening in early 2009, this is an unusual space in that most people cannot make it out: “Is it a café? Is it an event space? Is it a restaurant? Is it a wine bar?” Well, it’s all of the above inside an old, long, barn-like structure across from the diploma factory California Culinary Academy […]

Even GQ magazine can’t figure out if the “Third Wave” is coming or going

Posted by TheShot on 20 Oct 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Local Brew, Quality Issues

Thanks to Tim of espressophile fame for giving us a heads-up on this article posted yesterday from GQ magazine: The Most Important Drink of Your Day: Restaurants + Bars: GQ. Tim got his heads-up from the guys down at Verve Coffee Roasters, who are among the handful of regional coffee shops highlighted in this best-of […]

Coffee shops & laptops: if it’s new to New York City, it must be new to you

Posted by TheShot on 11 Aug 2009 | Filed under: Café Society

Last week the Wall Street Journal published yet another recession-themed article that was cited all over the Internet: No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users – WSJ.com. It seemed that every local media outlet followed suit (Coffee Shops Serve Laptop Users a New Blend | NBC Bay Area), with the story […]

Trip Report: Coffee at the Alemany Farmers’ Market

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew

Saturday mornings in the southern part of the city (my neck of the woods) — amidst a maze of freeways, live chickens in a stupor, and competitive, full-contact roller derby among elderly Chinese-American women (just without the roller skates) — is Alemany Farmers’ Market time. This ain’t no yuppie Ferry Building farmers’ market; this is […]

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